“It’s good to get some ice time over the summer but not overdo it,” said Wile, who plays right wing. “And being together with other kids on your team is another positive aspect of it. Last year, there were kids from prep schools and private schools, so it’s good competition.”
Ventura says the Games highlight a more finessed type of play with a lot less hitting and a lot more skill.
“It’s usually the best kids from the area,” said Ventura, a center. “So it’s fast-paced. There’s more skill and more speed. You’re playing with kids that you’ve never played with. So it’s good to have someone you have some chemistry with there. That helps a lot.”
“It’s good hockey, it’s solid hockey,” said Wile. “It is just a tournament, but we do play to win. It’s pretty serious. We play hard.”
Indeed the Northeast played hard enough to win the gold last year. Yameen says he will catch a game or two of this year’s tournament, not just to see his players, but also to see his nephew, Dylan Yameen, who plays for Methuen.